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    Old 03-16-2009, 09:23 AM   #1
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    Anyone have heart palpitations like these?

    Well I will try to be as brief but as accurate in story as possible. I sufferred gut problems several years ago due to ulcers. I cleared them up but sufferred from what I believe to be gastritis for over a year. I finally got that under control and have been doing well until about a month ago. I was out eating lunch with friends and my gut really started to hurt about an hour later. I just couldn't get the pain to go away and my heart was racing and I found it hard to breathe. It did subside about two hours later but came back worse when I ate a little something later. Well I ended up in the ER and they ran a lot tests and the only one that came back abnormal was my total - ck. I was admitted for a day so they could run more tests and they eventually let me go. I since then have been to my gastro and cardio where they have both run their series of tests and nothing abnormal was shown. I started taking Prilosec and my stomach issues subsided some but when I came off it after taking it for two weeks, I had another bad stomach episode. I'm taking it again but I still find my stomach hurts so I drink some liquid for acid and gas as needed which seems to help some.

    Now why am I posting in the heart forum you may ask. Well I wanted to tell you about my gut issues before I got to the heart issues. My problem with my heart is that certain triggers will send my heart into palpitations. My heart feels like it takes a huge beat then palpitates like it is trying to get back into a normal rythym. Sometimes it will stop almost as quickly as it started and sometimes it will last for up to an hour (rare). I have not found what causes it to occur except for certain swinging actions like batting, swinging a golf club, throwing a basketball, etc. I exercise regularly and lately the palpitations are more frequent. I've never been able to get the palpitations recorded while they are occurring. I also suffer from GAD which is under control most of the time except for when I am having a long palpitation episode.

    The nurse at the last ER visit suggested that I have SVTs and to try some valsalva maneuvers which I have not tried yet. I'm visiting my cardiologist today since I had a bad episode last Friday while golfing. I was only on the second hole and the palpitations triggered when after driving the ball. I thought maybe they would get under control quickly so i continued to play 2 more holes when I finally could not take anymore. I rested for about 25 minutes and they were still happenning so I decided to go home. They finally subsided after about an hour. Now I did play basketball for about an hour before golf so I wonder if dehydration caused my episode to be so bad.

    When my gut hurts, the palpitations seem to occur more frequently. I'm researching the vagus nerve gut-heart palpitation connection and I was wondering if anyone else suffers from something similar to what I am going through. If so, have you found anything that helps?

    Like I said, my episodes start with what feels like a big heart beat (takes my breath away) and then my heart seems to try to get back into a normal rythym. Once it gets backs into rytyhm, my heart rate will be elevated for awhile and I feel very tired.

    I'm 36yo, good weight, exercise, don't smoke and eat healthier than most. I do drink which I have not been since my gut issues have come back. My last blood work was normal except for the total-ck which I was told good be elevated from other reasons than my heart. I just have to get these heart episodes to stop because they are affecting the quality of my everyday life.

    Well I said it was going to be short but I wanted to try and cover most of my situation. Thanks for any suggestions.

     
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    Old 03-16-2009, 01:33 PM   #2
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    Re: Anyone have heart palpitations like these?

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    Thanks for any suggestions.
    Well I just got back from seeing the PA at my cardiologist's office. We wnet over my last series of tests in detail which were al normal. We then discussed my problems and she thinks that I have PSVTs and will talk to the cardiologist about seeing an EP. So I guess that will be my next step.

    I still would be interested to here if anyone any experience similar to mine.

    Thanks.

     
    Old 03-16-2009, 02:36 PM   #3
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    Re: Anyone have heart palpitations like these?

    I have the same thing and was told it's nothing to worry about. They put me on a beta-blocker to shut me up but I sometimes wonder if it might be more. They didnt really do much testing. I have anxiety (totally controlled) that they blame it on. More than likely a beta-blocker will help if they are benign. I wish you well and try not to worry, that can make them more frequent.

     
    Old 03-16-2009, 04:20 PM   #4
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    Re: Anyone have heart palpitations like these?

    I did take beta blockers years ago but did not like the way they made me feel when exercising. I felt tired trying to run to my normal point of running. Maybe I will try them again. Basically, I have been told that my palpitations are benign yet may be a big nuisance. So I asked about a way to dig further to get rid of them and that is when the EP refferal came up.

    Not sure if what I have are palpitations or an arrhythmia. What's the difference? I always took palpitations as a "skipped" heart beat and an arrhythmia as an irregular heart beat. Or an arrhythmia is a prolonged palpitation. Not sure how to understand it.

     
    Old 03-16-2009, 06:49 PM   #5
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    Well most doctors call palps any type of irregular beating. I too found the beta blocker to make me tired and my bp was too low. It took alot of playing around with different meds and dosing to find something I was comfortable with. I found Atenolol 25mg twice a day works well for me. I rarely have those strange 'fluttering runs' as I call them, anymore. It's definitely worth going to the other dr and having more testing to rule out anything... it will set your mind at ease if nothing else. Dealing with anything like this can be crazy I know. I went from anxiety to sheer panic every time my heart even skipped a beat. Knowing now that all is okay makes a huge difference as does the beta-blocker.

    Good luck and report back if ya get the chance.. I'm curious as to your outcome.

     
    Old 03-17-2009, 04:05 AM   #6
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    Re: Anyone have heart palpitations like these?

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    Well most doctors call palps any type of irregular beating. I too found the beta blocker to make me tired and my bp was too low. It took alot of playing around with different meds and dosing to find something I was comfortable with. I found Atenolol 25mg twice a day works well for me. I rarely have those strange 'fluttering runs' as I call them, anymore. It's definitely worth going to the other dr and having more testing to rule out anything... it will set your mind at ease if nothing else. Dealing with anything like this can be crazy I know. I went from anxiety to sheer panic every time my heart even skipped a beat. Knowing now that all is okay makes a huge difference as does the beta-blocker.

    Good luck and report back if ya get the chance.. I'm curious as to your outcome.
    I have similar issues. Like the original poster, I'm 39, in good shape, don't drink much, don't smoke, eat relatively healthy. I initially took a beta blocker to help with my PVC's and high blood pressure. After three weeks my doctor changed to a calcium channel blocker.

    It was very strange because the beta blocker (metatropolol) actually caused side effects that were similar to an angina. I experienced headaches, heart burn and a constricted sensation in my throat. I have been on the calcium channel blocker for about three weeks. At first I felt great and my PVC's seemed to almost disappear. But the last few days has seen an increase, especially at night. That's why I'm up at 4am on an internet discussion forum.

    I think I'm going to ask my doctor if he will refer me to a heart specialist so I can have a stress test. I need the peace of mind to know I don't have underlying issues. I think I can handle the PVC's if everything comes back negative. I have three young kids and I don't want to assume everything is fine. I need to know for sure.

     
    Old 03-18-2009, 10:34 AM   #7
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    Re: Anyone have heart palpitations like these?

    I was just wondering how long the side effects last. I've only been on atenolol for a week and have been so tired and light headed and last night my chest and throat felt tight, not like it was closing, but a weird tightness pain. Is this normal? I know for the first week you can experience side effects but then they usually fade. i was put on 50 mg for pre-hypertension (150 over 101) and decided to ease into the meds by taking half at first. But also my fingers go tingley and just feel all around crappy and afraid i'm having a heart attack (lol) I've put a call into my doctor and haven't heard back yet. Any advice would be great!

     
    Old 03-19-2009, 06:42 AM   #8
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    Re: Anyone have heart palpitations like these?

    Well the cardiologist gave me another event monitor yesterday. He didn't want to refer me to a EP since he hasn't gotten my palpitations on film. I guess for the next two weeks I will keep the monitor close by so I can quickly put it on if I have an episode. I will be playing basketball today so there is a chance that I can trigger something.

    As for the poster above, I don't know how long (if ever) the side effects from a beta blocker last. I got off them after about a week because it was seriously interferring with my workout. Maybe someone else can help you with your question.

    Updates to come later ....

     
    Old 07-16-2010, 02:02 AM   #9
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    Re: Anyone have heart palpitations like these?

    Hello Actudan,

    I have heart palpitations too. Sometimes they feel like my hearting is only beating half way or something. It makes me feel really weak. Other times my heart feels like its racing and jumping out of my chest. Once it even felt like it skipped a beat or something. I don't have a heart murmur or anything. I actually went to the E.R. for it the first time where my heart felt like it was racing. I was sleeping when it happened and it woke me up. The doctor said that it was just from a nightmare/panic attack. I know that is not the case now because I have had these episodes while I am awake, although they are far more frequent at night for some reason. He did an EkG on me (I think that is what it was called) and he said my heart was perfectly normal. They sometimes happen when I have little to no stress and am otherwise completely fine.

    I do have allergies and I have not yet been to a doctor to find out exactly what my allergies are. I think that heart palpitations may be caused from having an allergic reaction to something, so I am going to see a doctor about allergies here in about a week. I have had allergies for about 6-7 years now. My heart palpitations I first started having about 7 years ago but they were not so bad and they were few and far between. The last 2 years they have been happening a lot and they are bad. Sometimes they can last an hour or even more. Once my heart was beating so fast that it felt like it might explode. I have other symptoms of allergies also: swelling tongue, bad dripping sinus, sneezing, sore eyes, coughing, when taking Ortho Evra under the patch it got very itchy with little red bumps and eventually it burned, and troubles breathing. I'm not sure if these are symptoms or not but they occur with some of the other symptoms: torso pains, blacking out, dizziness, and fatigue. I also think that I'm allergic to mushrooms because I noticed that the heart palpitations seemed to happen more often when I ate them. I took them out of my diet and I have not had heart palpitations in a few weeks.

    Once my heart starting beating fast from gas. The gas built up really fast in my stomach and I could not get it out. I ended up taking some gasx and my heart rate returned to normal after the gas left.

    I also have acid reflux. When it gets bad sometimes acid comes up my throat and I need to take tums right away. It makes it feel hard to breath and also sometimes my heart palpitates when I have it. I find that if I watch what I eat it doesn't happen very often so I'm going to try to control it with diet before I go to a doctor for it.

    I'm not really sure what all causes heart palpitations but I think that allergies and acid reflux can cause it because it seems to happen to me when I'm having one of the two problems.

    I hope that you get things under control soon. Good luck!

     
    Old 07-16-2010, 01:19 PM   #10
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    Have they checked your kidneys and potassium?> my gi system was doing that for years and the palps then I crashed last fall and was dx with a kidney low K problem. it had caused years of problems. on massive doses of potassium and i noticed less gi spasm, that is what they were, and palps calmed way way down. i was dx with several heart issues but meds are helping. total CK is your creatinine. have them do a metabloic panel if they have not.

     
    Old 07-16-2010, 08:34 PM   #11
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    If you have SVT's get an ablation. Seriously, I wasted years of my life fussing with SVT's and a 3 hour surgery and I'm 100% cured forever. I'm almost 52 and let me tell you this will get much worse with age. It progressively gets worse. Benign...no way. Not if you have to take beta blockers, go to the ER for adenosine. Don't kid yourself, heart medicine is not safe. The reason I finally got my ablation is I went into ventricular tachycardia as a reaction to heart medicine. I had my ablation the end of February performed in KC by an electrophysiologist and that was 5 months ago and no more SVT's! I almost forget I even had the problem. I lost 35 pounds and now I work out 2 - 3 hours a day and my heart is as normal as the next persons. I feel reborn and empowered. IMPORTANT - if you have gastric problems and I "did" as well, that medicine will cause SVT's. Get rid of the SVT's and you can take medicine to cure the gastric problems. When you have SVT's so many things will set them off...allergies, drugs, caffeine, alcohol, hormones, peri-menopause, getting older and on top of that you can have reactions to the heart drugs that can even be fatal. Wish I would have had the ablation sooner it was a no-brainer! I only missed one day from work! Best Wishes.

     
    Old 08-03-2010, 08:29 PM   #12
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    lltomich, I have a question for you. I was diagnosed with SVT two weeks ago. I was advised to have catheter ablation. When you had your procedure, were you awake? I've read that some people are sedated but awake and may feel some discomfort during the procedure. I've also seen some video of patients asleep during the procedure. I'm looking up info before my procedure which is sure to happen in the next couple weeks. Any info you can provide is appreciated!

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    Old 08-04-2010, 08:56 AM   #13
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    I can relate. Ive been diagnosed with SVT - supraventricular tackycardia. For the first few years I would just get an "attack" or the palpitations maybe once per year. Some would last for 10 minutes others for over an hour. It never really occurred to me to call an ambulance or see a doctor. Until a few years back when they started to increase, worsen and freak me out a bit more. Same thing - although I would call an ambulance bc my heart beat would be upwards of 180 or 190 beats/minute...it would always stop before they arrived...or while in the ambulance. It was so frustrating. Eventually we caught some on record and I saw a cardiologist.

    I was put on a beta - blocker for one year...I chose to listen to my body and decided it wasnt for me. My cardiologist is great and told me basically i have 3 options as its not the fatal kind of tackycardia its basically just a nuissance. I can do nothing and just deal with the attacks as they come. I can take medication for the rest of my life. Or I can have an ablation.

    I did do accupuncture for one year for this and honestly that helped more than anything. I would recommend it to anyone. However, its not a quick fix, it takes time and patience and money. I eventually stopped bc I was moving around so much and couldnt afford to do it anymore.

    Here I am...several years later with a ton of anxiety around my heart now. Im currently travelling and just had my most recent, worst attack yet. My palpitations/heart beat went over 200 beats per second. They put me on meds until I get back to Canada and Im now taking xanax for my anxiety around this whole issue.

    What I really want to say is - listen to your body and find whats right for you. I didnt want to acknowledge that I had an arrhythmia/svt for some time and now ive got a ton of anxiety around it. I will go back on the wait list to have the ablation once I return....but Ill admit its with a lot of hesitation but also with hope that I can rid myself of this drama.

    Other than sharing my experience...Im not sure if this helps at all...but if you have any other questions feel free to ask..ill answer to the best that I can...and good luck with your situation....hope you find some answers

     
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    lltomich, I have a question for you. I was diagnosed with SVT two weeks ago. I was advised to have catheter ablation. When you had your procedure, were you awake? I've read that some people are sedated but awake and may feel some discomfort during the procedure. I've also seen some video of patients asleep during the procedure. I'm looking up info before my procedure which is sure to happen in the next couple weeks. Any info you can provide is appreciated!

    Aleet7
    aleet7 - curious to hear more about your ablation. Im contemplating doing mine in a few months but am super hesitant...id love to hear your experience. Did you have the operation? How did it go? How do you feel? What kind of tackycardia did you have?
    Hoping you're feeling better and recovered!

    Much thanks!

     
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    Hi ella,
    I have SVT also. I've only known about the symptoms since April of this year. In April I started having these episodes where my heart would pound out of my chest and I was near passing out! Everytime this happened I would catch myself losing my balance while my heart rate accelerated! I was hospitalized twice because of it and all the docs focused on the fainting spell instead of my heart!

    Just recently I had to wear the 30 day event monitor. I only had 3 episodes in that 30 days that I know of. The report came back saying that i had SVT. My doc told did not prescribe meds since I've been on beta blockers for years. He recommended the radiofrequency ablation which I will be having probably next week! I've watched several videos of the surgery and I feel confident that this will fix my problem. I live in fear of having an episode while driving!

    I don't have the episodes frequently but enough for it to affect my life. I will let you know how the procedure goes.

     
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